Monday, December 22, 2014

Spring 2015 Change of Major Application 12/29/14 - 1/6/15

The Health Science Undergraduate Program will be accepting new students through a change of major application process for Spring 2015.  Our online application will be available on Monday, December 29th, following the release of Fall grades, and the application period will close on Tuesday, January 6th at midnight.    

You will need to access you unofficial transcripts that include Fall 2014 coursework in the GPA calculation and you must have successfully earned 12 units at SJSU to be eligible to apply.  All applicants will be ranked by GPA - either SJSU or all College Cum, whichever favors the applicant - and we will accept students starting at 4.0 until we have filled our openings.    

The application link will be sent to everyone who has indicated interest in the program through the HS Office and it will be available here - on the HS Advising Blog - as well. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Make sure you DO your course evaluations

Course evaluations are online through my.sjsu and you have until tomorrow (Wednesday 12/10) to complete these for all of your fall courses.    The evaluations are really helpful for your instructors and they give everyone an opportunity to reflect on what is working well in a course and what might need to be changed in the future.  Please take the time to share meaningful and productive feedback so that faculty and departments can provide students with consistent high quality educational experiences.   Evaluation results are completely anonymous, so please provide an honest reflection of your experience in the course.    Once you are in the system, you will have an option to opt out of the survey if you choose not to evaluate a course or instructor, but I encourage you to offer important feedback.

If you do not complete all of your evaluations (or opt out of them) you will not be able to access your grades in your current fall courses until well into January of 2015.  This is particularly important for students who are wanting to apply to Health Science in the change of major process because we need your fall grades included in this application.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

166A/B: Fieldwork Expos

Spring 2015 HS 166A/166B students .... The fieldwork expos are here and you are expected to attend these sessions to listen to student experiences and meet with potential preceptors.  

HS Fieldwork Expos
Friday, 11/21 and Friday 12/5, from 10:45- 11:45 AM both dates

MacQuarrie Hall 324

You are encouraged to dress in business casual attire and you may want to bring copies of your updated resume to leave with preceptors.  Fieldwork Flyer Fall 2014  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Course Match

Over the past few months I have had many inquiries about online courses at SJSU and I may reference a program called CourseMatch.  Since this may be a viable option for many students to consider for upper division elective courses and possible SJSU Area Studies courses, I wanted to share a few quick resources to ease the access of information for this CSU-wide program.   ** Please be mindful that online courses require significant time management and personal motivation. The online course environment is very different from in person, on-campus courses and this may not be the best option for everyone - even if you are desperate for classes.   A failing grade in an online course is the same as a failing grade in a campus-based in person course. ** 

Course Match is a CSU program that intends to make online courses offered at any CSU accessible to all CSU students.  The way the program works is that you identify a course that you are interested in and then you submit an application to the SJSU registrar and from there our university negotiates your enrollment with the other (host) campus.  If your application is accepted, you will be instructed on how to enroll in the course.    The contact person in the Registrar's office at our SJSU campus is: Sophie Lanh (408) 924-2062.   Before you contact the registrar's office, please review the course match page and also the registrar's frequently asked questions page.

If you want to use the course as an upper division elective for the HS major, please be sure the course is upper division at the host university.  On our campus, upper division courses are numbered 100-199, but this is not necessarily the same for all CSU's - so you will have to confirm that the course is truly upper division.  You will also need to be mindful of units - particularly if the course is offered at one of our CSU's still on the quarter system as the units are not equivalent to the semester units.  If you want to use a CourseMatch course to satisfy your SJSU Area Studies (upper division GE) you will have to seek approval from a GE advisor prior to enrolling in the course so you can be sure that it will be counted for this requirement.     All of this could easily take a week or two, so plan ahead if you are interested in pursuing one of these courses.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Spring Registration Update

The spring schedule and registration problems are nearly resolved.

  • HS 159, 171, 173, 175, ad 166A/B have had the department consent removed and all eligible students can now enroll.   
  • HS 167 is clearly connected to their lab requirement, thus allowing students to successfully enroll.  
  • HS 117 is still not showing up in the schedule.
  • 11/15/14 ** HS 165 is now available for enrollment by eligible students
  • HS 117 is now back in the schedule and if you need a concentration course this one still has openings. 
The problem that many students are still encountering is with the required pre-requisites.   If you are currently enrolled in a course that is an upper division pre-requisite to another course that you intend to take in the Spring semester, you will not be able to enroll in the spring course until you have successfully completed the pre-requisite.   The system will not recognize the completion of the pre-req course (if you are currently enrolled in it) until fall grades are officially posted.  If you receive a C or better in the pre-req course then the system will allow you to enroll in the spring course.   

The department will not be issuing add codes to courses this semester, with a few exceptions for individuals who are prevented from enrolling in courses due to a unique situation.  The situations that will be considered for department review include students who are newly admitted to the major, students who have completed an approved 100W course in a different department, and students who are declared in HS, but still in lower division standing (and there are no additional/applicable courses to take).  In these cases, students are asked to **submit a petition** to the department with documentation for review by the Program Advisor first and if applicable, the Interim Department Chair.   If you feel that you qualify for this consideration, please download and complete the petition and deliver your petition packet to the HS Office in MacQuarrie Hall Room 407.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Spring 2015 Registration Update - Wednesday morning 11/5

The Health Science and Recreation Department is aware of some problems associated with spring registration and we are actively working to address these.  As of this morning,  we are aware of the following:  

HS 159, 171, 173, 175, 166A/B all are stating that department consent is required
HS 117 is no longer showing up on the schedule
HS 165 is not allowing registration at all
HS 167 is not allowing students to select a lab, thus not allowing enrollment

If you are experiencing any of the above problems, there is no need to let us know.  If you are experiencing a different problem with your spring registration you can explain your problem here and it we will look into your problem.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spring 2015 Enrollment Process Changes

Spring 2015 enrollment begins next week and there are some important changes in the registration process.   Here are the top three changes that will influence your enrollment experience.

  1. There will be no permission code survey - which means - the department will not be issuing permission codes for any core HS courses. 
  2. HS 158 will not be offered in the spring. Students who were planning on enrolling in this core course will be able to substitute this course for any upper division course on campus.  By next week,  I'll provide some ideas of courses that you might consider. 
  3. Just as a reminder - HS 159A and HS 159 B will not be offered Spring 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016.   As a general rule, anyone who is graduating by Fall 2016 will be substituting HS 159 (for HS 159A) and HS 164 (for HS 159B). 
If you have advising questions - drop by MacQuarrie Hall room 409 Monday 11/3 or Wednesday 11/5 between 3-4 to check in with an advisor. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Advising Sessions at CASA Student Success Center

With Spring 2015 enrollment right around the corner, many students are inquiring about support for academic planning.    As you consider your courses, I have the following recommendations: 

  1. Review the Advising Forms  for your concentration (pathway through the HS major).  These forms are fillable PDF files so you can work on them on your electronic device.   
  2. Plan your courses working backwards from your expected graduation date.  In your final semester in the HS major you will take HS 165 and if you are in the Health Services Administration concentration you will also be enrolling in fieldwork - HS 166A and HS 166B. 
  3. All of our core Health Science courses are offered in both the Spring and Fall, but the Health Services Administration courses are not all offered in both semesters (noted on the advising forms). 
  4. Take HS 100W as soon as possible.
  5. Health Services Administration Concentration students will want to take HS 162 as soon as possible - HS 100W is a pre or co-requisite. 
  6. All core courses are restricted to declared Majors and Minors, with the exception of HS 135 which is open to all students because it is an upper division GE Area S course.    If you are not yet declared in the Major you need to apply.  We have an early admissions process happening right now - if you have completed at least 12 units of coursework on campus.  If you have not completed 12 units on campus - you can apply in January when you have finished your fall courses (check back). 
  7. Still have questions or want to talk about your schedule???? Attend an advising session at the CASA Student Success Center (MH 533) on the 2nd or 4th Monday of the month from 5-6:30 PM.   (Next session - October 27th)

New!! Early Application for Spring 2015 Change of Major

Students interested in the Health Science undergraduate program are 
invited to apply early for spring 2015 admissions.  

We will fill some spots now and the remaining spots in our January application process.  Students who have not yet completed 12 units of coursework at SJSU can apply for the spring 2015 semester in January.  So - check back then! 

Apply now!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Special reminder for all new SJSU students

This information is specific to all new students who started SJSU during this fall 2014 semester:  

If you are a new frosh or a new transfer student on campus for the first semester this fall, you must complete the Alcohol edu (90 minute) and Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault (45 minute) online trainings before you will be able to enroll in your spring courses.   All new students were sent a link with instructions on how to access these courses over the summer and your deadline to complete the trainings is quickly approaching.        

If you are a new student to SJSU and you have not yet completed these trainings - you have a hold on your account that will prevent your enrollment in spring courses.   I have been told that it is possible that this hold may take up to 2 weeks to lift once you have completed the training and priority registration is scheduled to begin the first week of November - so - it's time to get these two trainings completed!

If you have questions or need additional information:
  1. Copies of the original letters students received, including detailed directions, can be found at:
  2. Other questions can be sent to: or

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It is time to get your Graduation Application Submitted

If you are planning on graduating spring 2015 your graduation application is due!   The University deadline is November 1st and you need to first submit your application to the HS Office for review, approval, and processing before your forms will ready to submit to the University.  

To submit your application you will need to fill out the University Graduation Application and a Major Form for your declared major (Health Science with electives or a Minor, Health Science Health Services Concentration).    When your Major Form and Graduation Application are complete, please drop off your forms at the Health Science Office in MacQuarrie Hall room 407.

If you need help through this process you can ask the peer advisors (outside MH 407), come by during drop-in hours (Wednesdays 3-4 MH 409), or email the faculty advisor with your questions.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spring 2015 Enrollment Survey - your input is needed by Monday, September 22nd

The Health Science Undergraduate Program is currently planning the class schedule for next semester and we need your input.  Please complete this time sensitive survey to help us plan.   Student participation is really important because courses and the number of sections that are offered will be directly related to the results of this survey.  If participation in the survey is low, the courses that are offered in the spring will also be low, which may delay academic progression.   The survey link was also sent in an email to all HS students who are on the google group - please complete this survey only once!

Thank you.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Advising in CASA Student Success Center

Faculty Advising for the Health Science Major is now available on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the CASA Student Success Center (MH 533) from 5-6:30 PM. The first session is Monday, 9/8/14.  

If you have advising questions, need forms completed, want help with academic planning, or just want to talk about the program or careers - please come by!  

9/8/14 General Academic Advising
9/22 Spring 2015 Graduation Applications
10/13  Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 Graduation Applications
10/27 General Academic Advising
11/10 Change of Major process for students interested in HS
11/24 Academic planning for Spring 2015
12/8 Change of Major process for students interested in HS

See you there!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Welcome to Fall 2014!

Welcome back to campus!

Another great semester awaits us and before all of the announcements and important messages that will follow - I wish you all a fantastic semester - full of growth, learning, critical thought, and engagement.  Now for the announcements and messages:

1.  Senior Verification Cards will be available to eligible seniors beginning Tuesday.  If you are eligible you should have received a message with instructions through my.sjsu.  If you have questions, please contact AARS at (408) 924-2129.

2.  Dwight Bentel Hall has unexpectedly closed due to water damage and is awaiting repairs.   If you have a class scheduled in Dwight Bentel this Monday or Tuesday you are being asked to please head to the new Student Union Ballrooms A & B and find the table with your classroom number on it.   Your instructor will be meeting you there and further instructions will then be given.  The University hopes to have temporary classrooms for all classes affected by later this week.

3.  The Health Science Fall 2014 enrollment update is not ideal.  We are currently over-enrolled and as a result, faculty have been instructed to not issue add codes to any student under any circumstance.   Some students will be eligible to petition the department for an add code, these students include those who have financial aid agreements that require full-time status and students who are graduating this academic year.   If you feel that you meet these criteria and you want to petition you need to compile documentation to explain your case, including:  For seniors - present your senior verification card, a copy of your graduation worksheet indicating the courses that you still need, a printout of the courses that you are currently enrolled in, and a list of those you still need to take.  For students with Financial Aid agreements you need to show evidence of financial aid, a printout of your current courses, and a note indicating the course and section in which you are requesting.    You should drop off the documentation with the Health Science office staff and the Interim Department Chair will review your case.  You  should receive a decision within 24-48 hours.   The HS Office Staff and Chair will not be responding to individual email inquiries for codes.   If you want to add a course and you meet the stated criteria, your case will only be considered if you follow the process above.   While waiting, please attend class.  

4.  If you are looking for an elective course, here are some courses that are still open and appear promising, relevant, and interesting - thus, potentially worthy of your consideration.

MCOM 105: Lifestyles, Diversity, and the Media - T TH 1:30-2:45
GERO/SOCI 166: Medical Sociology M 6:00-8:45 PM
SOCI 116: Global Society T 6-8:45
SOCI 120: Contemporary Social Issues MW 1:30-2:45
SOCI 162: Race and Ethnic Relations MW 4:30-5:45
SOCI 163: Social Change MW 4:30-5:45
SOCI 164: Social Action TTh 10:30-11:45
SOCI 165: Poverty, Wealth and Privilege TTh 3-4:15
SOCI 169: Political Sociology TTh 1:30-2:45
SOCI 170: Sociology of Family T 6-8:45
SOCI 172: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Studies TTh 1:30-2:45
ANTH 108: Medical Anthropology TTh 10:30-11:45
ANTH 122: Magic, Science and Religion MW 10:30-11:45 or TTh 3-4:15
ANTH 130: Kin, Kith, and Community: The Anthropolgy of Social Organization MW 10:30-11:45
ANTH 140: Human Sexuality (multiple offerings available)
URBP 103: Local Government and Politics T 6-8:45
CA 172: Arts in US Society TTh 7:30-8:45 AM
CA 134: Religion Film & Media Online
POLS 130: Making Public Policy

PSYC 126: Drugs +Brain and Behavior

5.  Another course resource is CourseMatch, which is the pilot program to increase access to online courses across the entire CSU system.   To see what courses are available, check the CourseMatch webpage.   There is an application and approval process, so, if you want to pursue this option, please get started with the process as soon as possible.   Here is a tip sheet to see if you're ready for an online course.  

Wishing you a pleasant start.   Feel free to stop by during drop-in advising, come to the student success center events, and don't forget to pay attention to the deadlines.   

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Health Science and Recreation Undergraduate Reunion

Tomorrow is our chance to welcome students and faculty back to campus with the Health Science and Recreation Department reunion.  We are expecting a fantastic turnout and we have plenty of activities to inspire, motivate, and ready you for the coming semester.

The agenda for the day  ....

Health Science & Recreation Fall 2014 Department Reunion
Morris Dailey Auditorium

10:00am - 10:20am     Welcome & Program Overview
10:20am - 10:30am     Ice-Breaker
10:30am - 10:50am     Student Involvement
10:50am - 11:00am     Breakout Overview
11:00am -  2:00pm      Breakout Sessions (MacQuarrie Hall)

Health Science and Recreation Fall 2014 Department Reunion Breakout Sessions
All Breakouts are in MacQuarrie Hall

Session I:  11:30-12:30
Session II:  12:30-2:00
Recreation Therapy Advising
Recreation Therapy Advising
Recreation Management Advising
Recreation Management Advising
Internship Group (11:00-11:30)
Faculty Panel 1:00-2:00
HS Advising: Graduation Applications
HS Advising: Academic Planning for Administration Concentration
Student Involvement
HS Advising: Academic Planning - BS with minor/electives

Breakout Session Descriptions

HS Faculty Panel: Join HS faculty who will be available for student questions about courses and the program curriculum.   

Student Involvement:  Health Science and Recreation Student Clubs will be on hand to discuss the various clubs and opportunities to participate.  

HS Internships:  If you are enrolled in HS 166A or B this fall, stop by and check in with the instructor to be sure you are ready for this important professional experience.   If you don’t have a field placement - or you have been invited directly by the instructor - this is a really important session for you to attend.

Academic Advising:  Meet with Health Science and Recreation Peer Advisors for help creating or reviewing your academic plan, forms and paperwork, or questions about the program.  

HS Faculty Advising:  Thursday afternoon appointments are available after meeting with Peer Advisors.  Peer Advisors will be scheduling faculty advising appointments for the afternoon.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Advising, Fall 2014 Department Reunion, and electronic communication

Summer Advising: 
The Health Science Advising Team and the Health Science Office have been receiving a high volume of emails this summer. As we work through these emails, please be patient and know that we are receiving your messages and we are working to address your questions.  

Department advising is available during the fall and spring semesters and on a limited basis throughout the summer. Please prioritize meeting with a Peer Advisor, GE Advisors, and (if needed) a department advisor during the semester. There will be advising opportunities available during the Department Reunion, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st from 10-2. We will send more information about this event when it gets closer, but for now, please save the date.

Summer advising is currently prioritized to respond to fall enrollment questions and concerns for current Health Science students and new Health Science students.   In most cases, academic planning can wait for the reunion in August, but over the summer this blog will be updated and additional resources for academic planning will be made available.  

Electronic Communication Recommendations and Expectations
Email is an important form of communication and can be a really effective way to get your questions answered.  In order for your questions to be answered in a timely and appropriate manner, please consider the following recommendations:

    1. Including URGENT!!! in the subject is not going to get your email answered any faster.   Everyone's email is important and emails will be responded to in the order in which they are received.   
    2. Emails should be written as if you are writing a letter.   Address the recipient by name (if known) and always include your own name.  
    3. When you are emailing with advising and/or course related questions, please include your student ID and be as detailed as possible with your question.   The information that is most helpful to include is:  your projected graduation date, the major courses you have completed, and your projected coursework.  
    4. It is not necessary to email everyone with your same question.   Please send your email to the person you think is most appropriate and wait... If you feel that you have sent your request to the wrong person you can try another, but it is not necessary to send your advising related questions to everyone in the Health Science department.   Advising related questions should be directed to the either the Health Science office or the department advisor.  
    5. Check the advising blog to be sure your question has not been answered here already.
    6. Plan to meet with a peer advisor and/or academic advisor during the regular semester. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Enrollment Update

Here is the latest update on the department process for permission codes for core major courses.  
The department has sent out codes for HS 158, 159, and 166 A&B.   We will be working on and sending 104 by next week and 165 will be sent out this week.

If you have applied to the University for graduation for Fall 2014 you will be sent an add code to HS 165.

If you are graduating in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 - and you completed the enrollment survey - you were sent an add code for HS 159.  If you did not complete the survey, please complete the late enrollment survey (see link in previous post).   HS 159 has limited capacity and you are not guaranteed a spot in the course, regardless of your proposed graduation date.  We will prioritize students based on eligibility, graduation date, and date of survey completion.  It is not likely that you will receive a code in this course if you are graduating after spring 2015.   It is recommended that you look to other courses that you can take in the fall and enroll in 159 in the spring.  

If you are officially declared in Health Science and you meet the required pre-req's, you should not need add codes for the following courses:  103, 161, 167, 164, 135, 162, 170, 117, 174, 74, 25, 15, 1, 67.

If you were just recently accepted to Health Science in our change of major process, you will need assistance enrolling in Health Science courses that are restricted to HS majors because your paperwork will likely not be processed before your fall enrollment date.  If this is the case, please email the faculty advisor for assistance in accessing the permissions that you need.

If you believe you have not received a code - in error - please contact the HS department office.  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fall 2014 Change of Major application Closes tomorrow - Friday June 6th at 11:59 PM

The deadline to apply the the Health Science Major for fall 2014 is tomorrow - Friday, June 6th at midnight.   If you are interested apply online now!

You will need your unofficial transcripts available to help you accurately complete the required questions about  GPA, units earned, and courses completed.

Fall enrollment add codes

Many HS students have questions about fall enrollment.  Two common questions are currently being asked:

The first is in regards to add codes:  The add codes are coming. We are working on determining eligibility and the department office should start sending codes out by early next week. No one has been issued codes, so the courses won't fill up.

The second is in regards to problems with enrollment. If you are experiencing enrollment problems, please complete this survey and notify the department.  We will review your situation and let you know how to proceed with fall registration.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fall 2014 Enrollment Update

Fall enrollment is now underway and many students are inquiring about permission codes for courses that require department consent.    So, here's an update of where we are in this process.

First, the courses that require department consent (which means you won't be able to enroll without a code that is issued by the Health Science office) include:

  • HS 104
  • HS 158
  • HS 159
  • HS 165
  • HS 166A/B
Second, we are working on the enrollment for these courses and we request your patience.    Until we release codes to priority students who are eligible for enrollment in these courses, no one is enrolling in them, so, they are not going to fill up.     

We will send codes for 158 first - these should go out soon (hopefully this week) and then we will send codes for 165 and 166A/B.   We are still reviewing the enrollment for both HS 159 and HS 104 and we will send codes to these courses as soon as possible.    

Once you receive your code - do not lose it and please use it.  If you are not going to use a code that you received, please notify the office so we can plan accordingly.  

If you have questions you can contact the department advisor through this blog or via the HS office.   

Monday, May 26, 2014

Fall 2014 Health Science Change of Major Application is now available!

The application for SJSU students who want to apply to the Health Science major for Fall 2014 is available from now through June 6th.  The application is online and open to all current SJSU students who have completed at least 12 units on campus.  Spring 2014 grades are required in the calculation, so please be sure you are using your most current and up-to-date transcript for GPA calculations.    Academic standing will be available next Thursday, June 5th.  If you submit this application prior, you will have to calculate your own GPA that includes your Spring 2014 grades.

Fall 2014 HS Change of Major Application

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fall 2014 Change of Major Process

Fall 2014 Change of Major Application Process 

Health Science impaction criteria 
  1. We will not accept students with a GPA lower than 2.6, but in reality, students who fall lower than a 3.0 are not likely to get in, as we have not accepted below a 3.0 for the past couple of years.  Our fall process is typically more competitive for change of majors due to fewer spots to offer because of the high number of transfer students coming in.    
  2. Students must have completed at least 12 units at SJSU before they are eligible to apply to HS.   

Fall 2014 HS Application process: 
  1. The fall 2014 online application will be available on Wednesday, May 28th through Friday, June 6th 
  2. We will accept students based on GPA and we will use the higher GPA (SJSU or All College Cum) to favor the students.  GPA calculations must include Spring 2014 grades. (See *important note about SOTES below)
  3. The application will be online and students can get on the list to be notified when it is available by signing up with the department directly, or signing up online here

Acceptance and Advising process will take place between June 9th and June 20th and we will have online and on-campus options for our newly admitted students. 

* Important note about SOTES* 
Students who want to apply to HS must complete online SOTES in order to access current academic standing including spring 2014 in time to apply.   SOTES must be completed by 5/14 and are available online through my.sjsu.   For students who complete all online SOTES, grades will be released May 28th and for students who do not, grades are not released until June 18th. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Online SOTES Spring 2014

It is time for online SOTES again.  SOTES are the University survey inviting you to evaluate your courses and instructors.  This feedback is very important... Please complete the SOTES for all courses that you are enrolled in before the May 14th deadline.  The consequences for not completing SOTES will be a delay in the release of your Spring 2014 grades.    

- Students who complete ALL evaluations may access grades Wednesday, May 28.
- Students who DO NOT complete ALL evaluations get access on Wednesday, June 18.

If you are going to be applying to change your major to HS - it is absolutely imperative that you complete your online SOTES.  Our application process will consider your spring 2014 grades and you will not be able to apply if you do not have access to a GPA that includes spring grades.  

You can access your SOTES through my.sjsu (see prior post for visual).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Interest in the Health Science Major

If you - or someone you know - is interested in the Health Science Major now is the time to start learning about our process.  

To apply to change your major to HS we require the completion of online application.  We make our decisions based on GPA and we take as many students as are predetermined for our department by the University.    Our application will be available later this spring and we will likely be waiting for spring grades to be posted before closing the application process.

Sign up now to be notified by the HS department when the application is available.

To find out more information about the Health Science Major ....
Visit the catalog online to learn about our courses
Visit our department webpage to learn about us

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Events and Graduation application dates

Spring is here and so are the spring events!   Here is a list of just some of the happenings that are fun, professional, and important.

Annual Sexual Diversity event  Monday, April 21st, 2014 5:30 to 8 pm in the Barrett Ballroom in the SJSU Student Union. 

Annual Health Services Administration Mixer and Professional Panel  Thursday, April 17,2014 from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM at the MLK Library Room 225. 

University Graduation Application FIRM deadline for Fall 2014 graduation  May 1, 2014

Department Graduation Application FIRM deadline for Fall 2014 graduation  April 11, 2014

Group Advising sessions to help with graduation applications Wednesday, April 9 11-1 MH 234

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New! Live Chat feature installed

I have just installed a live chat widget to the blog.   If I am online it will say "click here to chat" and if I am not, it will say "leave a message."

I hope this is one additional tool that you will find helpful in getting your advising questions answered.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Health Science Group Advising Sessions - Beginning Soon

Questions about your Health Science academic plan?

Please consider attending a group advising session this semester.  

The first sessions are scheduled next week for General Academic planning for HS majors.   Advising sessions are both on campus and online.   To join the online sessions, you will have to register online and you will be sent a link to join the group before the session begins.  You will be happier with your online experience if you have a headset and can talk, but you'll be fine if you can just hear and type in your questions.  

Tuesday, 2/25 (online) 12:30-1:30   Register in advance
Wednesday, 2/26 5-6 pm (MH 324)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Spring 2014 Health Science Advising

Now that the excitement of enrollment and first week jitters are (nearly) behind us we can focus on the semester that lay ahead.

While you are working hard in your courses - engaged, thinking critically, and motivated to learn - the advising team will be creating ways to support your understanding of the HS curriculum and academic planning.     What we are already offering (or plan to):

1.  Group advising sessions - on campus and online - beginning in late February
2.  Drop-in advising with the peer advisors beginning the first week of February
3.  One on one appointment's available with the department advisor - use the tool on this blog to schedule an appointment. 

In addition to these advising services, we want to create some helpful online tools, such as instructional videos or screencasts, that can answer your questions.  

If you have an idea that you'd like to see us implement or a question that you'd like us to answer, please tell us!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Spring Enrollment Update

Here is an updated view of the open (and full) HS courses - as of Tuesday morning 10 AM. If you need to add a course, please follow these steps: 1. Attend class - you may need to attend several different sections and try this process multiple times ... keep trying! 2. Approach instructor (when asked) or at the end of class regarding an add code 3. If there are only a few open seats and many students who want/need to add - priority will be given to students who are Seniors, then Juniors (and so on). 4. If you need advising ... because you didn't get into a class you need or you changed your schedule and need to talk - I will be available for drop in hours on Wednesday afternoon - beginning at 4:30 and Monday from 3-4. If these hours do not work for you, please let me know and we can find a time to talk. Peer Advisors will start hosting drop-in advising hours next week as well - check back later this week for an update on their hours.

Enrollment update link (live)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome to another new semester!

Welcome to Spring 2014.

The semester start is right around the corner ... I hope that you are all refreshed from a pleasant break and ready to jump right into your classes.     As you plan for your spring semester, here are some important dates to consider ...

Advising Due Dates
Friday, January 31st - Change of Major forms for all newly admitted HS Majors
Friday, April 11, 2014 - Fall 2014 Graduation Application due to the Department
Friday, April 11th - Substitution forms (and any other necessary paperwork) for Spring 2014 graduates

The Spring 2014 Advising schedule is nearly finalized and you will have several options for getting the academic planning help that you need.    Your advising options will include Peer Advising (beginning next week), Group Advising (available throughout the semester), and meeting with an advisor (drop-in and scheduled appointments are available throughout the semester).  See the Spring 2014 advising schedule (will be updated as locations are finalized).

Department Dates
Thursday, April 17th - 6-8 PM - Health Services Administration Mixer and Professional Panel
Monday, April 21st (~5:30 PM) - Sexual Diversity Event
* As the semester progresses - more department dates will be added!

University Dates
Monday, January 20th - campus closed - MLK day
Thursday, January 23rd - First day of Spring 2014 Classes
Thursday, January 23rd - Tuesday, February 11 - Late registration period for spring 2014
Tuesday, February 4th - last day to drop without a "W"
Tuesday, February 11th - last day to add, last day for CR/NC petition, last day for instructor drops
Monday, March 24-Friday, March 28 - Spring Break
Monday, March 31 - Cesar Chavez Day - No Classes
Tuesday, April 22 - Last day to withdraw for spring
Tuesday, May 13 - Last day of Spring class instruction
Thursday, May 15 - Final exams begin (see schedule)
Saturday, May 24 - University Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Health Science Change of Major Application CLOSES FRIDAY

Please spread the word!

The Health Science change of Major Application is open through this Friday (January 10th) at 5pm.

The application requires the most current transcripts (including fall 2013 academic standing) - so - have these documents easily accessible.

Application Link: